Botanical Garden lights up the night

The lantern show highlights three cultures this fall

Crédit : © Espace pour la vie (Claude Lafond)

The Gardens of Light lantern exhibition draws inspiration from three cultures: the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations gardens.

The traditional lanterns in the Chinese garden tell the tale about He Luo Yu, a fish with one head and 10 bodies. To escape the fishermen, this mythical beast is transformed into a bird.  Visitors will be able to learn more about the daily lives of Chinese fishermen through a beautiful display of lanterns, light and exhibitions in the garden’s ponds and pavilions.

The exhibition China: Ties to the Land allows you to meet three rural Chinese families and learn about many aspects of their lives.

The Japanese pay close attention to the cycle of the seasons and take the time to admire the subtle or spectacular changes that occur in nature. Visitors can explore the cycle of the seasons in the garden’s various pavilions. Discover traditional Japanese paintings, walk through gardens set in soft lighting, and listen to musicians on Fridays and Saturdays. In the evenings,  a soft glow reveals the plants’ colours and textures, and emphasizes the elegance and harmony of the pavilions.

Again this year, the First Nations garden will feature a multimedia experience highlighting the Sacred Tree. This giant poplar, which symbolizes the circle of life, will be lit up with different colours and projections, accompanied by a soundtrack that combines sounds of nature and a heartbeat meant to represent Mother Earth. On Saturdays, visitors will be able to hear legends told by Aboriginal storytellers and have the opportunity to watch 16 different short films from across Canada.

The Gardens of Light presentations run from September 6 to October 31 at the Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke St. E.

Tickets are $8 to $16 per person and family passes cost $45.

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